Congressional Intent. Alternative Payments. A Plague of Addiction.
In the early 2017 tumult over the fate of the Affordable Care Act and the future of healthcare in America in general, two signal but little-known achievements have emerged that present powerful near-term possibilities for improving healthcare and pain management in particular.
In Oregon, the PacificSource health plan agreed to reimburse a patient under the non-discrimination provisions of the Affordable Care Act: the first time in the existence of the law this has happened. [click to continue…]
“In Washington, DC, during a 1979 congressional briefing, the internationally honored futurist, Clement Bezold, PhD — who 20 years later would become a player in the integrative care movement — had his finger on the pulse. He told the assembled elected officials and their staff that there was a trend taking shape. He called it ‘alternative medicine.’
“Alternative, holistic, complementary, CAM, functional, blended, restorative, root cause, integrative. Something was afoot.”
Something is still very much afoot. [click to continue…]
(Originally published in March, 2014)
I was trying to cleverly stretch the image of moving care interventions “upstream” all the way to the “headwaters of health.” Then this came across the Web:
Obesity between the ages of 5 and 14 years was more likely to have occurred at younger ages, primarily among children who had entered kindergarten overweight.
So much for healthy headwaters. But then, maybe the actual stream of interventions isn’t where anyone wants to be in the first place. [click to continue…]